Vocational Nurse Program
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Program Description
The Vocational Nursing program (LVN or LPN) utilizes the plan that nursing courses progress along
the continuum of simple to complex. The organizing principle is homeostasis as it relates to the study
of representative client problems by addressing the various anatomical systems and specialty areas
in nursing. The program includes didactic and laboratory training as well as an internship component
that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. As a result of preparation students will be able to work
as a Vocational Nurse in hospitals or medical clinics.

Mission Statement  
The mission of UWC School of Nursing is to offer quality medical programs that integrate professional
skills, career-focused education and hands-on practical experience, empowering students to develop
and achieve their personal and career potentials. The UWC School of Nursing believes that education
should promote the development of positive self-esteem. Therefore, the institution provides services
that support the efforts of students to succeed academically, vocationally and personally. The University
provides a sophisticated level of training to individuals who desire a professional career in the medical
field. This is accomplished through educational programs utilizing advanced training equipment, didactic
lectures and hands-on experience provided by highly trained instructors, physicians and technologists.

Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Incorporate principles from nursing, behavioral and physical sciences to provide competent care to clients of different ages with
    different bio-psychosocial needs.  
  2. Apply knowledge of specific disease conditions in the prevention, treatment, nursing care, and rehabilitation of clients.  
  3. Differentiate the role of the Vocational Nurse within the medical team.  
  4. Adhere to professional standards incorporating legal and ethical responsibilities of a Vocational Nurse.  
  5. Utilize critical thinking in assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of client care within the scope of Vocational Nurse
  6. Organize, prioritize and delegate care communicating effectively with members of the medical team.

Admission and Prerequisite Course Requirements

To be considered for admission into the Vocational Nurse Program, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must have graduated from high school or earned a GED and be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Applicant must pay all applicable fees, as per the current published fee schedule prior to the issuance of an enrollment contract or
    make other arrangements acceptable to the school.
  3. Applicant must complete a Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) with a score of at least 19.
  4. Completion of the prerequisite course “Essential Medical Bioscience” must be completed before starting the program.  Applicants with
    previous medical experience may request to challenge the course test to be accepted into the program without taking the prerequisite
  5. If enrollment openings are fewer than applicants that meet the admission requirements applicants will be asked to pass an interview
    with the Nursing Program Director or Associate Program Director.

Program Schedule

Length: 14 months (1530 Hours)
Clinical and Lab: 960+ hours in affiliated medical facilities and skills laboratory.
The didactic training correlates with the lab and clinical education.
Didactic / Lab sessions schedule: TBA
Clinical sessions schedule: TBA